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The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed) (edició 2013)

de Page Morgan

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Residing in a desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.
Títol:The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed)
Autors:Page Morgan
Informació:Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2013), Hardcover, 352 pages
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I liked this book a lot. I only give 5 stars to books I completely love and tear thru.
I thought it brought an original fresh outlook on the huge cult following of supernatural books. Gargoyles are often overlooked, this book created a new spin and legend onto them. I have a new and refreshed curiousity on studying gargoyles and collecting them.
I could have done without the YA teen romance stuff, lol I wish they were in their 20s so us adults can consider them "Beautiful creatures"... 17 is a bit young, immature and creepy. hahah
I think it was very well written and tied up all the missing pieces pretty well, I was expecting a bad ending so we can have a sequel... but there was a good ending, which is good for me either way :) ( )
  XoVictoryXo | May 31, 2016 |
[Sunday, ‎November ‎17, ‎2013] Residing in desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
[Sunday, ‎November ‎17, ‎2013] Residing in desolate abbey protected by gargoyles, two beautiful teenaged sisters in turn-of-the-century Paris discover deadly and otherworldly truths as they search for their missing brother.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
actual rating: 4.5 stars

This book is full of hot guys, badass ladies, and great gothic mystery. It's definitely one of my favorites of 2013.

There really is only one fault I found with this book. The first 10-15% of the book was good, not great. I was a bit confused by the mythology. I was just waiting for the inevitable moment when it all clicks into place and I can enjoy the story. It happened soon after the ten percent mark; and I dove right in. After that, I didn't come up for air once. (Translation: I read it in one day).

HOT GUYS. Pretty much every young male character was a total hottie, each in different ways. There were 4 (at times 5) of them. Yeah, you read that right-- 5 hotties. And they ALL flirt with the girls. Ha, it was awesome! The guys are totally all vying for at least one of two girls, and I loved every bit of it. You go, girls. Werk.
It's funny because I was just recently thinking, why are there always only one maybe two hot guys going for the girl? I mean...if she's that awesome or pretty or special...why not more? Oh I know it's YA, but still. Thank you Page Morgan for delivering up the cuties! And much, much more.

Some of you may still call me a young adult (I'm 26).. BUT do the ya books all have to be so chaste?! I mean c'mon I want some make out sessions and hot and steamy ones, too! So to both of these things, Beautiful and the Cursed totally delivered. It's my perfect dreamy blend that doesn't go into the adult romance category. So get ready for some HAWT scenes.
And Luc? Aw, man...he's...*sighs*
*actually mimics girl on the cover*

Another one of the great things about this book-- are the main characters (sisters) Ingrid and Gabby. The girls are not helpless. And they're in 19th century Paris. You get Ingrid and Gabby who are both spoiled rich girls..except, they're not really spoiled rotten (in attitude, I mean). Ingrid has powers, Gabby does not-- yet Gabby is more of a fighter and can hold her own. Its exceedingly rare for a book with paranormal elements to have humans alongside the (in this case) gargoyles / demons and still look formidable. The fact that Gabby is a formidable opponent without needing a guy to fight for her or rescue her? Totally gratifying. Each girl has a unique personality and I love them both! I am pretty partial to Ingrid, though. I identified with her. And, we see more of her because of the narration.

[Side note: yes, there are multiple points of view, but it won't give you a headache. It's just enough so that you care about characters that you may not have otherwise gave a flying flop about. (Seriously).]

I loved Ingrid because she reminded me of myself. She's strong and her sister described her as having a cold, iron exterior. As a reader you share Ingrid's hurt and confusion to this statement because you know her inner sadness and turmoil is anything but. However she's a strong woman; not to mention a total badass. And so is her sister, Gabby! I know, I'll give you a moment to recover from your shock that there's not only one strong female character; but two. Yup. Oh and don't worry, even though we're in 19th century France you still get some MAJOR Buffy-style fight scenes! And tons of lip locking and crazy flirtatiousness (just go with it) behind locked doors. *wink*
There's actually one part where a Gabby takes a knife and slides under a demon cutting his underbelly which she describes as being "soft as butter" while green blood sizzles on the ground where she just was. Aw man. I whooped so loud my cat got scared. I mean-- how awesome is that?!?

Finally, I have to remark upon the setting. The setting is perfect. Creepy, gothic, old world Paris. An old decrepit abbey. A missing brother. Girls going missing all over the city. I mean, it's amazing. Does it live up to all that it can be? Yes. The only reason I didn't rate it 5 stars was that first part where things that had to be established got a little choppy.

The badass heroines, steamy guys, unique mythology, and solid plot makes this novel one you do not want to miss. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful unique paranormal story with an amazing cast of characters, an intriguing historical setting, a suspenseful mystery, all intertwined with wonderful romance. This has been one of my favorite reads this year and a must read for all fans of YA paranormal books.

Opening Sentence: The boy was late.

The Review:

The Waverly family has recently relocated to the gothic city of Paris. It is the year 1899 and the streets of Paris are unsafe. Girls have been disappearing all over the city and all that the police can find is shredded remains of them. Something supernatural is at work and the Waverly siblings are stepping right into the action.

Ingrid Waverly couldn’t be happier to leave London. After a horrible accident that left her reputation and heart in tatters, Ingrid is glad to have a new start. They move into a very old Abbey that is falling apart. It is lined with stone gargoyles that seem all too real, and a servant boy that is far too intriguing. Entering into a world full of supernatural creatures, Ingrid discovers that she has powers that possibly make her not totally human. I loved Ingrid, she was full of spirit and loyalty. She has always been told that she is the epitome of beauty, but she never uses that to her advantage, if anything she finds it annoying. She is funny and charming with the perfect amount of spunk. Once you get past her hard outer shell, Ingrid is easy to love and connect with.

Luc is a 327 year old gargoyle. He has been assigned to protect the L’Abbaye Saint-Dismas and all the humans that reside there. His new charges are none other than the famous Waverly family. There is something different about the Waverly sisters, but Luc can’t quite figure out what. Ingrid is insufferable, but beautiful. Luc has never been so drawn to a human before. Gabby is reckless, but somehow familiar. She reminds him of someone he cared about long ago, someone he tries not to think about. As a gargoyle, you aren’t required to care about your humans just protect them, but Luc finds himself caring more about these girls than he should. Luc is dark, mysterious, and a little rough around the edges. His loyalty is endearing and I found myself easily falling in love with him. As parts of his tale unfold, I found myself broken hearted for him and I am really hoping he gets a happy ending.

Grayson Waverly, the heir to the Earl of Brickton has gone missing. He left a few months before his family to set things up for them to move. Four days ago he went to a party and has failed to return home. He is your average rebellious heir that drinks too much and enjoys the company of female companions. He will go on binges from time to time, but he always finds his way home. This time Grayson is in far more trouble, he is in a place that no human or gargoyle dare enter. There are only glimpses of Grayson throughout the story so you don’t get to know him as well as the rest of the family, but he still played a very important role. I am interested to get to know more of his story in the sequel.

Gabby Waverly is young and inexperienced, but she loves the idea of a new adventure. She is the youngest of the siblings and has always felt a little out of place. With her brother missing, she wants nothing more than to help rescue him, but she has no idea how to fight supernatural creatures. She decides that the best way to learn is to put on her charm and find someone that will teach her, but being adventuress is harder than Gabby could ever have imagined. I adored Gabby, she is very headstrong and has a spunky attitude. She is beautiful, confident, connected with her instantly and can’t wait to get inside her head again.

This was an amazing book. From page one, I was hooked and I couldn’t put the book down. The story is told from multiple POV’s, which usually I don’t like, especially a first book in a series, but Morgan did a wonderful job helping me to love each character right away. There are many more characters that I loved but if I was to mention them all this review would be far too long. I loved the setting, it was historical and set in Paris. Morgan did a wonderful job making me feel like I was really there and the scenes were easy to imagine in my head. The romance was beautifully done and developed nice and slow. The action and mystery were suspenseful and very intriguing. The plot was full of twists and surprises that kept me turning page after page until I was finished. The ending was perfect, you got resolution but you also were left wanting to know so much more. This has been one of my favorite reads this year and I can’t wait for the sequel. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good YA paranormal book, it will not disappoint.

Notable Scene:

No. It wasn’t a man. It was some sort of monster.

Its jaw sprang wide to emit a coarse growl, the sound of stones scraping and digging into a pane of glass.

“No!” Grayson strained to free himself. “Stop!”

The creature tore one of Grayson’s sleeves back, ripping it along the seam.

“You will come to understand,” the hooded woman said, her voice glassy and calm over Grayson’s screams. “This is all for the best.”

The creature snapped its head forward and punched its fangs through Grayson’s flesh.

FTC Advisory: Delacorte Books for Young Readers/Random House provided me with a copy of The Beautiful and the Cursed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Oct 10, 2013 |
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